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Cook Islands (Aitutaki) Ultralight TP's for 4-10  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, April 10 2018

IRCA
Wind and surf were finally calm enough to deploy the 5 inch "Frequent Flyer" FSL antenna on its new PVC base (about 1m/ 39 inches high) on the ocean edge next to my motel here in Aitutaki. During a sunrise session a watch was kept on several "exotic" frequencies such as 594, 693, 909, 918, 1377 and 1566. In general the ANZ regulars on these frequencies were highly reluctant to allow any exotic competition from 1600-1700 UTC, with the notable exception of 693 just prior to the 1700 TOH.

Although 693 had an S9 mix of Radio Sport and an Oz station at 1600 the Yankee-accented Kiwi station bailed around 1630, leaving the commercial OZ station at an S9 level on the frequency. A new exotic music co-channel with apparent foreign language showed up around 1645, and reached S9 peaks along with the Oz station just prior to the 1700 TOH. Unfortunately the other frequencies were unproductive, although 909 and 1377 both had CNR stations at S9+ levels. Wild!


73 and Good DX,

Gary DeBock (DXing in Aitutaki, Cook Islands)

7.5" loopstick CC Skywave SSB model +

5" TSA-friendly FSL antenna

 

Cook Islands (Aitutaki) Ultralight DU's for 4-10  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, April 10 2018

IRCA
As it is just getting to twilight at 1000 in mainland Asia, maybe a later check will get some Asians.


Chuck

 

Cook Islands (Aitutaki) Ultralight DU's for 4-10  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, April 10 2018

IRCA
Another sunset skip session brought in almost any desired Kiwi station, with the low-powered signals on 549 (Trackside), 828 and 936 all making extended S9 runs from 0900-1000. Tony Ward's 990-Fiji Gold was testing the crunch resistance of my Ultralight, while the Pacific Island DU's on 630, 846, 1017 and 1098 all had S9 co-channels from A/NZ in their nulls. All the Magic stations on 702-738-891 were easy parallels, while the same was true of the NZB stations on 1008-1017-1026-1035-1044-1053. For some reason the Kiwi stations are kicking the Aussie stations all across the band, even after sunset in NZ is long over. There is zero propagation to Asia during this period-- a drastic change from December in Kona. Lots of overwhelming MP3 links to post, if only the ultra-slow Cook Island "Blue Sky" Internet system would cooperate. The going joke among both Kiwi and Yankee tourists is that Aitutaki is the ideal place to reconnect with your partner-- since Facebook is so slow that nobody tries to use it as a substitute for real communication.


Gary DeBock (DXing in Aitutaki, Cook Islands)

7.5" loopstick CC Skywave SSB Ultralight

 

Cook Islands (Aitutaki) Ultralight DU's for 4-10  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, April 10 2018

IRCA
Priceless! E-Mail of the day!

*"Aitutaki is the ideal place to reconnect with your partner-- since
> Facebook is so slow that *

> *nobody tries to use it as a substitute for real communication."*
>

--
Colin Newell - Editor and creator *of *Coffeecrew.com
<http://www.Coffeecrew.com> and DXer.ca <http://www.DXer.ca> -
VA7WWV | Twitter @CoffeeCrew | Victoria - Canada

 

Cook Islands (Aitutaki) Ultralight DU's for 4-10  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, April 10 2018

IRCA
Another sunset skip session brought in almost any desired Kiwi station, with the low-powered signals on 549 (Trackside), 828 and 936 all making extended S9 runs from 0900-1000. Tony Ward's 990-Fiji Gold was testing the crunch resistance of my Ultralight, while the Pacific Island DU's on 630, 846, 1017 and 1098 all had S9 co-channels from A/NZ in their nulls. All the Magic stations on 702-738-891 were easy parallels, while the same was true of the NZB stations on 1008-1017-1026-1035-1044-1053. For some reason the Kiwi stations are kicking the Aussie stations all across the band, even after sunset in NZ is long over. There is zero propagation to Asia during this period-- a drastic change from December in Kona. Lots of overwhelming MP3 links to post, if only the ultra-slow Cook Island "Blue Sky" Internet system would cooperate. The going joke among both Kiwi and Yankee tourists is that Aitutaki is the ideal place to reconnect with your partner-- since Facebook is so slow that nobody tries to use it as a substitute for real communication.


Gary DeBock (DXing in Aitutaki, Cook Islands)

7.5" loopstick CC Skywave SSB Ultralight

 

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